Nov 29 2011
If you are male and you lead a lifestyle inactive you probably have at least 3 risk factors associated with heart disease. I know, I know, you feel well, but most people do before they have a heart attack. Unfortunately, most people find they have on heart on the day they are admitted to hospital, and they are lucky! Ladies, do not think this is just something for people to worry (as it had been in the past). Women, as well as men, are more likely to die from heart disease than from any type of cancer.
It is because of our modern lifestyle. We work long hours, so we eat fast food, and there is no time for . To make matters worse, the machines take the “work” out of work. We are less active, and that is to kill us! So what are the risk factors for heart disease? First, there are two types of risk factors: those that can be modified and those that can not be changed. It is important to know that you just need to dispose of those 3 to be at risk. Each additional risk factor that you have, you increase your chances of having a heart attack substantially.
Risk factors that can not be changed:
- Heredity: You are most at risk if your parents, grandparents, brothers or sisters have heart disease.
- Gender: Men are more at risk than women, although the risk increases for after menopause.
- Age: As you increase in age, so that your chances of having a heart attack. Once you reach 40, you should have a regular monitoring.
The risk factors that can be changed:
- Smoking: Smoking is twice as likely as non-smokers to have a heart attack. She not only places additional strain on the heart and lungs, but also blood cholesterol increased, which makes it easier to block arteries.
- High Blood Cholesterol: Cholesterol is naturally produced by the body and is essential to our health. The problem comes when we consume too much in our diet.
- High Blood Pressure: Like with high cholesterol, there are no early symptoms. The first most people learn they have then it is at a dangerous level.
- Physical inactivity: If you are inactive, you are more likely to have a heart attack. Even a 10-minute walk each day can make all the difference.
- Obesity: If you are , you are putting your heart under a great deal of strain, even at rest.
I could be at risk, what can I do? If you think you may be at risk, the first thing to do is to consult your doctor. Secondly, you need to change your lifestyle. Exercise for at least 10 minutes a day (30 minutes is preferable, but nothing is better than nothing!). You also need to eat foods that are low in . If you smoke, you must abandon them. Even if you do not have a lot of risk factors is a good idea to consult your doctor each year. Some risk factors can change within a short period of time and to focus on their early can make all the difference.
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